Bill Gates considers trip into space

“The world’s richest man Bill Gates is considering a possible flight into space, a Russian cosmonaut said from International Space Station Wednesday, citing Gates’ colleague, current space tourist Charles Simonyi,” AFP reports.

“‘Charles said that Bill Gates is also preparing to visit space,’ cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin told journalists during a video link-up from the space station, broadcast on state television Rossiya,” AFP reports.

AFP reports, “Simonyi, who made his fortune at Microsoft, is the fifth tourist to travel to the ISS, following the United States’ Dennis Tito in 2001 and Greg Olsen in 2005, South Africa’s Mark Shuttleworth in 2002, and a US citizen of Iranian origin, Anousheh Ansari in 2006. Space Adventures plans to expand its offerings next year to include a 100-million-dollar trip around the moon…”

Full article here.
One way, please — and take Ballmer with you, if they make rockets big enough. Now Billy can put his money where his mouth is and make sure that the onboard life support systems are run by Windows Vista. That’d give new meaning to “hasta la Vista, baby,” huh?

On second thought, leave Uncle Fester here. Someone’s gotta stay to go down with the Microsoftanic.


  1. The MDN take was funny. When I saw the headline, I was thinking the same thing, take Ballmer on a one way trip to the gamma quadrant (or where ever the trekkies go). Seriously, though, have fun in space and watch out for the space debris.

  2. hahahahahahahahahahahaha!

    Can you IMAGINE a rocket being flown by Bill Gates and ‘powered’ by Windows Vista? It’s probably end up 150m underground.

    Go on Bill, do it! If it’s with the Russians, the launch will be handled by a pirated copy of Windows 95!

  3. This sounds like it should be the start of ‘Bill & Festers Excellent Adventure’.

    Maybe they should get out of the computer business and into the space business?

    Now, lets see – they’d need a snappy, original name for this new company…
    …how about Ass-A. That’s quite original, and sounds nothing like any other space related organisation.

    And maybe they could develope chair-shaped rockets? With Orbital Booster-cusions…

    “In space… no one can hear you re-boot…”

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